5 Brands of Raw Cacao Chocolate for the Healthy Chocolate Lover

As you may know, I’m all for raw cacao as the alternative choice to your regular chocolate and that’s because my Raw Cacao Body Scrub is packed full of it! Raw Cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of ‘cocoa powder’, the key ingredient when making chocolate or chocolate flavoured goodies. By keeping cacao powder in its raw state, it retains more of its nutrients and antioxidant power. No wonder it’s considered a superfood! Raw cacao contains essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin C, to help nourish your skin and target the appearance of ageing, stretch marks, dry skin and more. Check me out here and I promise to turn your shower into a chocolate milkshake for the skin!

So, whilst raw cacao is great to rub all over your skin, it’s also pretty great to eat. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of five brands that provide you with chocolate made from raw cacao, and you don’t have to be a health nut to make the switch…

  

Pana Chocolate

Pana Chocolate specialise in raw, organic and handmade chocolate. Their chocolate is also vegan, gluten free, dairy free and soy free. The company started with its founder, Pana, who made, packed and delivered bars himself and has steadily grown the company to a worldwide brand. They stock 12 different chocolate flavours including ‘Sour Cherry & Vanilla’, ‘Rose’, ‘Fig & Wild Orange’, ‘Pineapple & Ginger’, just to name a few. Pana chocolate also have stores around Australia where they sell raw treats, such as colourful raw cheesecake slices.

 

 

Loving Earth

Loving Earth are based in Australia and sell a range of raw and healthy products. Their chocolate bars are dairy free, gluten free, vegan, fair trade and free from refined sugars. Their chocolate contains as little processing as possible and is also packaged in 97% post-consumer recycled fibre. Their flavours include ‘Hazelnut Mylk’, ‘85% Dark’, ‘Salted Caramel’, ‘Mandarin’ and more.

 

 

Alter Eco

Alter Eco primarily sell chocolate and chocolate related products, but also have some rice and sugar products. They are created by expert chocolatiers in Switzerland and are all organic, ranging from 47-85% cacao. They pride themselves on providing products that are reliably delicious, environmentally responsible and socially just. Their flavours include ‘Brown Butter’, ‘Coconut Toffee’, ‘Quinoa’ and ‘Caramel’ just to name a few.

 

Nibmor

Nibmor have a range of organic and ethically traded chocolate products, including chocolate bars and hot chocolate sachets. Their products range from 72-80% cacao and do not contain refined sugar. Their chocolate bars include flavours such as ‘Almond’, ‘6 Spice’, ‘Crispy’ and ‘Mint’. They even bring out chocolates for certain seasons or holidays so keep updated on their website.

 

 

 

Conscious Chocolate

Conscious Chocolate are based in the UK, and sell handmade, vegan chocolate bars that contain organic and raw ingredients. Their bars are free from gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugars and are made with biodegradable packaging.
They have a range of different sizes and flavours, including ‘Cheeky Cherry’, ‘Mint Hint’, ‘Goji and Coconut’, ‘Essential Orange’ and more.

 

 

So while you're treating your belly to some raw cacao chocolate, why not also treat your skin to my Raw Cacao Body Scrub?!

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8 Tips for Winter Skin

 

Winter is upon us in the southern hemisphere, and when we are covering up in layers of clothing it is often easy to forget about your skin.

Covered up or not, it is important to care for the health of your skin all year round. The winter weather can be harsh on skin; and whilst it is not as exposed to the sun, salt and sand of summer; it is subjected to cold temperatures, harsh winds and lack of moisture. These conditions can lead your skin to become dry, flakey and rough. If the condition of your skin deteriorates this can encourage unwanted wrinkles, ageing and poor circulation.

This blog highlights some of the things that you can keep in mind this winter to ensure that your skin remains soft, hydrated and nourished, and of course recommends a date with me!

 

  1. Avoid Wet Clothes

Wearing wet socks, gloves or clothes can encourage bacteria and also lead to itching and irritated skin. If you happen to get caught in the rain this winter, try to change clothes as soon as possible or attempt to dry out your clothes.

  1. Slip, Slop, Slap

Whilst it may not be warm outside, your skin is still exposed to harmful UV rays. Wearing sunscreen, especially on your face, can help to reduce the effects of UV rays on your skin and avoid further complications such as a skin cancer. I recommend a facial moisturiser or foundation that contains SPF protection.

  1. Exfoliate

More often than not, it is easy to forget exfoliating as part of your skincare regime. However, your skin is a living organ that sheds dead skin cells and sweats out what is harmful to your body. If you do not exfoliate your skin regularly, dead skin cells can build up and harbour nasty bacteria or block your pores. As a result, skin conditions such as eczema, acne or infections can develop. My range of body scrubs provides the perfect exfoliating product that not only exfoliates your skin but also provides nourishing and moisturising properties. My new Activated Charcoal Body Scrub is the go to option for its added detoxifying effects.

  1. Moisturise

By regularly exfoliating your skin, it is much better able to absorb additional skincare products such as moisturisers. Moisturising is a skincare necessity throughout winter to provide your skin with much needed hydration and to help reduce dry, cracking skin. My products all nourish your skin with natural oils such as coconut and grapeseed oil which will provide a much needed moisturising layer after your shower or bath. You can then choose to add another moisturiser for added softness or opt for a natural body oil if your skin is extra dry.

  1. Hydrate

Drink, drink, drink – water of course! Whilst you may not feel as dehydrated as you would in the summer months, it is essential to consume up to 8 glasses of water per day. Your body requires water to function at its best, and often if water is lacking then your skin becomes the last organ that your body focuses on nourishing. As a result, your skin can look a little worse for wear. Carry a drink bottle around or keep a water jug by your desk to serve as a reminder to drink water.

  1. Avoid free radicals

Free radicals are harmful molecules within your body that can multiply and consume healthy cells, leading to illness and disease. These free radicals can wreak havoc on your body and the unhealthier you become, the worse your skin health gets. Aim to reduce the amount of free radicals that enter your body by avoiding smoking, drinking alcohol, inhaling chemical fumes (household cleaning products, petrol etc), and unhealthy foods (take-away, high fat foods, high sugar foods, soft drinks). Ensure that you are eating nutritious meals on a regular basis and exercising for up to 30 minutes daily.

  1. Ban Hot Baths

In the early mornings or freezing cold nights of winter, a hot shower or bath often provides comfort. However, having your shower or bath temperature too hot can actually dehydrate your skin and cause dryness. It is best to keep your water at a stable warm temperature and aim to reduce your time spent in the shower or bath to ensure that your skin doesn’t dry out.

  1. Consider a supplement

If you find that your skin is looking dry and rough despite your best efforts to look after it, you may want to consider a supplement to help support your skin’s health. There are a number of natural supplements on the market for this purpose, including ‘Swisse Ultiboost Hair, Skin and Nails’.

 

If you find that you are still experiencing problem skin throughout winter and the above tips do not seem to be helping your condition, consult with a qualified dermatologist who can assist you in developing an individual treatment plan to address your skin concerns.

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The benefits of Jojoba Oil

 

You may have heard the name Jojoba Oil floating around in skincare products recently and wondered what all the hype is about, or even what it actually is.

Jojoba oil is actually a 100% natural wax ester and is cold pressed from the seeds of the Jojoba plant. Jojoba oil has a fine texture allowing it to be easily absorbed into the skin and suitable for all skin types. Jojoba oil is the only known oil like substance that contains wax esters that are similar to those produced by the skins natural sebum. As the skin often recognises Jojoba oil as its own oil, it is deeply absorbed into the surface of the skin, which makes it great for replenishing dry skin, but also for balancing oily skin. As Jojoba oil is so closely matched to the skin’s natural oil, it is quickly absorbed, helps to hold moisture in the skin and does not leave a filmy residue on the skin.

Jojoba oil is also rich in skin loving nutrients. The oil is high in Vitamin E which supports skin elasticity and helps to reduce the appearance of ageing. Jojoba oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to relieve the likelihood of developing acne or bacterial skin conditions. It may seem counterproductive to add oil to your skin to reduce oiliness, however by using Jojoba oil your body is encouraged to reduce or balance its natural oil production.

My all natural Green Tea Body Scrub and new Activated Charcoal Scrub include Jojoba oil for its many skin benefits. You can view these scrubs and their additional benefits here and organise a scrub date in no time.

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Introducing my Green Tea Body Scrub!

 

The time has come for me to spread my wings and adorn myself in a new outfit. Introducing my new Green Tea Body Scrub. Full of hydrating oils like coconut, grape seed and jojoba, and featuring the antioxidant powerhouse of green tea, this scrub will leave you soft and smooth and smelling of freshly cut limes. So let’s take a little look at what my Green Tea Body Scrub has to offer:

Sugar is a gentle exfoliant which removes your dead skin cells and helps to enhance blood circulation to encourage the removal of toxins. Sugar is also a natural humectant which means that it helps to pull moisture from the air which can hydrate your skin. Sugar also helps to stimulate cell rejuvenation which can lead to smoother, youthful looking skin.

Sea salt is a more intense exfoliant for your skin and is great in removing dead skin cells. Salt is a natural detoxifier which can help to absorb toxins, leaving your skin feeling clean and healthy.

Coconut oil is increasing in popularity and is a great source of moisturisation for your skin. It helps to keep your skin cell connection strong which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or sagging. Coconut oil will naturally clear away any dirt, grime, or dead skin cells. It also assists in soothing your skin irritations, prolonging your tan and reducing the signs of ageing.

Grape seed oil provides a great source of Vitamin E which is important for keeping your skin well moisturised. Grape seed oil also has some antiseptic qualities which can help to reduce the likelihood of developing skin blemishes.

Jojoba oil is one of the oils most closely matched to the natural oil in the skin. Your skin produces wax esters which keep the skin hydrated and these wax esters diminish as you age. Jojoba oil produces these wax esters naturally and therefore gives your skin the much needed hydration that reduces with ageing. Jojoba oil also contains essential vitamins A, D and E, as well as Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids.

Green Tea Leaf Powder / Dried Leaf contain anti-bacterial agents knows as catechins, which can help to suppress acne-causing bacteria. The well documented antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in green tea help to fight the processes that develop free radicals and can help to soothe the inflammation caused by acne or common skin conditions, as well as reduce the appearance of scars.

Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that helps to target the signs of ageing. Vitamin E does this by smoothing skin and reducing the signs of wrinkles, hydrating skin to improve skin elasticity and rejuvenating dry skin.

Essential oil leaves you smelling great…like fresh limes – YUM!

 

You can purchase my Green Tea Body Scrub by clicking here

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